Yoga & Pregnancy
A recent study published in Women's Health Issues found that a 10-week gentle prenatal yoga program for 34 pregnant women with depression significantly improved the severity of depression. Yoga helped improve depression severity in both observed measures as well as subjective self-report. No injuries or safety issues were reported during the program. This study adds to the existing literature that gentle prenatal yoga can help treat depression and has advantages especially for women who prefer to minimize medications during pregnancy.
Battle CL, Uebelacker LA, Magee SR, Sutton KA, Miller IW. Potential for prenatal yoga to serve as an intervention to treat depression during pregnancy. Womens Health Issues. 2015 Mar-Apr;25(2):134-41. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2014.12.003.